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  1. flynbrian48
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    I bought a scissor lift and got it home today! I’m super excited about not working on my knees on cold concrete, laying on a creeper or trying to do bodywork on my back.
    The one thing I found is that a low car , like the DeSoto wagon, won’t clear the lift and I have to get some planks, but I’m stoked about it.


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  2. flatford39
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    How high is your ceiling?
     
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  3. GordonC
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    Your going to love that thing Brian! Had a buddy that had one and no place to put it so I offered him space in my garage for it. I loved the thing. Working on most anything from the cars trim line down sitting in a chair! Still miss it.
     
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  4. 41rodderz
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    Nice score . Any additional information? :)
     
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  5. Bugguts
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    Man! That’s going to be awesome.
    I purchased a QUICK JACK and love it.
    It’s so nice to not sit on the floor and be able to do body work comfortably, as well as tires and brake work.
     
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  6. Can you show us a pic of something lifted up on it? What is the access like underneath?
    Looks very portable which is a bonus
     
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  7. flynbrian48
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    I haven’t had a chance yet. I need to make some ramps to drive over it, my DeSoto wagon won’t clear it. Tomorrow I should be able to get that done and we’ll see how it works. IMG_1662.JPG


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  8. Wow. The Desoto can go on that ??? Better build the ramps, to lift your balls first !! Holy hell .. them some big ones !!

    **Never pictured those lifts for heavy stuff. Good to know. ( balls & Desoto .. by the way ) :rolleyes:;)
     
  9. flynbrian48
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    It's capable of 6,000#. The DeSoto is a delicate creature, tipping the scales at just over 4,000 originally. It's (hopefully) considerably lighter without the cast iron lump it originally had between the front wheels. That lump is going into my "new" Model A project, for which I am envisioning the lift doing duty as a frame table. I like little cars, but in my old age I've come to appreciate a big comfortable car that handles and stops too. ;) IMG_0618.JPG
     
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    It was $1500, just over $2K retail, the shop owner said they ordered it for a customer who insisted on a blue one, then backed out after they got it for him (they don't stock this particular make, the ones they sell are black). After setting in the showroom all summer, he said he decided to try a FB Marketplace ad. I saw it minutes after he posted it and called with a deposit. He told me he's sold 3 lifts since, from that ad, at retail. A big plus for me was they'd assembled it, and filled it with hydraulic fluid, so that, in addition to saving $500, made it pretty attractive. My shop ceiling won't accommodate a two post, and I thought the posts would be in the way for doing body work. This has the disadvantage of blocking access below for, say, a transmission change, but I can pay somebody to that if I need to...
     
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    8'6". Two inches shy of accommodating a two post lift. I think this will be fine, although I won't be able to get a full lift, 55", with a big car like the wagon or my RAM pickup.
     
  12. 41rodderz
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    Thanks for the reply and info . Good food for thought. Enjoy it . :)
     
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  13. Budget36
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    How stable are those? I’d be thinking about making some outriggers for it?
     
  14. Thats cool, I may have to look into that
     
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  15. Oilguy
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    I had a similar unit except a different brand. Used it when rebuilding the front suspension and steering on one of my cars. I would have been lost without it
    But sold it when I bought a 4 post with a sliding jack. Hoping I could do it all with that set-up.
     
  16. goldmountain
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    Since I have a low ceiling garage, I am intrigued by these. Other than working on changing tires, brakes, and bodywork on the rocker panels, what are they good for?
     
  17. Been thinking of one of those as well. Was wondering if the tread width of vehicle is wide enough to clear it on either side? That way could lay some 2 by 6 down, and just drive along on those to get clearance, and set up car.
    Post pictures in use, please.
     
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  18. flynbrian48
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    Upsie-daisies.



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  19. RMONTY
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    Nice! I want one instead of my 2' x2' plywood boxes.
     
  20. flynbrian48
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    To my way of thinking, just those reasons should be enough to make it a good investment. Let’s add to those: using it as a completely adjustable frame table, doing suspension work, oil changes, chassis lube and service, cleaning and detailing, undercoating, rust repair to floors, body mounts, exhaust work, the list is as long as miserable jobs I’ve done laying on my back.


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  21. flatford39
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    I guess the planks are just a guide as to where to place the car or am I missing something??
     
  22. Budget36
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    I think for clearance
     
  23. Budget36
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    I don’t want you to try and push it over;). But with 4klbs in the air like that, do you feel it’s stable up there?
     
  24. Jokester
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    You could always let the car down on stands, drag the lift out, and do any kind of work you wanted to.

    .bjb
     
  25. Budget36
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    But makes an expensive floor jack;)
     
  26. I've seen these installed in garages that have a rectangular depression of about 4" in the concrete. That way there is no need for planks to get onto the lift.

    It probably would work great if configured in the construction phase of a garage build. Otherwise, the planks will have to do.
     
  27. Bandit Billy
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    Call a concrete cutter and slice a rectangle in your garage floor, dig it out a bit pour a new pad and sink that scissor lift into the floor. Everything you own will roll over it nice and easy.
     
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  28. Bandit Billy
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    @lonejacklarry I stopped to answer a call and by the time I hit send you had beat me to the uptake. Nice!
     
  29. goldmountain
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    If you were to do it in the construction stage, you might as well build a taller shop to run a regular hoist.

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  30. flynbrian48
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    Rock steady.


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